Nutrition has been an interest of mine since I was in high school, but the more I learn about it, the more I appreciate its impact on so many aspects of life. It affects a person’s growth and development, current state of health, mental functioning, emotional state, immunity, disease prevention and overall quality of life. Still the primary reason that I chose this field is because it is centered around caring for people. One of the most rewarding aspects of what I do is hearing clients explain how much better they feel after making positive changes to their eating habits or pattern.
Everyone has a relationship with food that can tell you something about them, so let me tell you about mine. Most people assume that since I’m a dietitian I eat perfect. There was a time in my life when I strove for perfection in all areas of my life with the idea that it was attainable, and the way I ate reflected that. However, I have learned there is not a “perfect” way to eat because there are not good and bad foods, and perfection is an unrealistic standard that I no longer hold myself to. There are not rules that govern what I should or shouldn’t eat at any moment. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a position statement on the Total Diet Approach which explains that all foods can be part of a healthy diet. The key is balance, variety and moderation. Because I have not always had a healthy relationship with food that models these principles, you can be reassured that you will not receive any judgement from me about your eating habits. My relationship with food now is one of mindfulness, freedom, joy, and grace.
Eating should be driven by your body’s needs rather than your mind’s requirements. It should be free from rules and limitations. It should be without obligation or guilt. It should be pleasurable. It should be satisfying physically and emotionally.
I would love to meet with you and help you strengthen your relationship with food and reach your nutrition goals.